Saturday, March 23, 2013


When I was interviewed by KGW I took Jason Mchuff with me who filmed the entire interview. KGW took pieces of the interview for broadcast but we had the entire interview. I remember the woman doing the interviewing remarking 'that's the first time somebody has filmed me while I was filming them!


(How can Bojack just stop his blog on his stated day? How can he do that? I can't even believe he is doing that)

Tri-Met's in play in Salem (Jack Bog's Blog)


It has turned out that this incident may have occurred due to a misunderstanding between the road supervisor and Lane Jensen. Since both parties have a different interpretation of the events this post has been removed for lack of proof either way

Text of judges opinion in the matter of open meetings between Trimet and ATU

Hey I made international news!

Joe Rose and his Oregonian may not want to cover it but who needs him anyway.

Ripping off bus drivers standard practice in the industry

1-South Jersey bus drivers sue First Student company for back pay |
 2-EXCLUSIVE: School bus operators to cut pay and benefits of drivers and matrons starting next week - NY Daily News

Coffee with Neil the bullshitter

My comment:


Fare Collection 101 Webcast
 Fare Collection 102 Webcast


Don't let Trimet managment continue exploiting your labor so the over paid executives can live lavish lifestyles with six figure incomes while you spend your life toiling for them.
Trimet management screws you out of your earned vacation when you move from part time to full time, they screw you out of your time when dealing with their road relief nonsense, how many times have you come in late from your shift and didn't fill out that stupid time slip they make you fill out, and now they are attempting to screw us out of our decent health care insurance so they can continue expanding this already bankrupt transit agency even though they have abandoned transit years ago in favor of property development and all the riches it brings the executive class

1400 AC Transit drivers joined this lawsuit and this is what they walked away with:
Breed pointed to a similar case against the Alameda-Contra Costa (California) Transit District settled in favor of the operators last year. The judge in that case awarded $7 million to operators, plus $10,000 to each main plaintiff and $1.65 million in attorney fees. In that case, well over 1,300 operators became party to the class action suit.

JOIN THE LAWSUIT DON'T ALLOW TRIMET MANAGEMENT TO SCARE YOU! I know Trimet keeps its drivers in a state of constant paranoia, but fight for your rights!


Sad day in Portland Blogosphere

It appears that blogger Jack Bodganski is GIVING UP BLOGGING.
Loosing his blog as a source of information is a HUGE BLOW for those of us who are interested in reading news other than official government propaganda. 
Not one newspaper in this town does what he does.
Not sure why he doesn't turn it over to one or several of his regular commentators there. There are more than a few that could pick up where he left off.
It appears they made him an offer he couldn't refuse. ( I can't think of anything more boring than writing a book about tax code)
I find that sort of a strange coincidence,  he was one of the top blogs in the country.

Trimet protest scheduled

I love the arm patch
The TriMet Protest Page: TriMet First Protest Monday 3/25

Friday, March 22, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
2 trains never fucking showed. Way to go . Im calling in to complain big time. And yes im an asshole when it comes to being late.

Lane Jensen says that the new BDS comes complete with camera on driver

Alex Hawk get kicked off max by incompetent fare Nazi

A dumbass fare Nazi thought that Alex had an exclusion for smoking and pulled him off the train. They finally figured out they were wrong

Did you know that "rock and roll" is obsolete

Trimet used to have its operators "rock and roll"
Well they threw that out the window and henceforth its called BOB AND WEAVE!
Ah we love our useless bureaucrats coming up with useless shit!

I support the protest

Lane Jensen discusses his upcoming protest at Trimet headquarters

Lawmaker Proposes Stripping TriMet Authority From Governor

Willamette Week

TriMet troubles: House bill aims to change how transit agency's board appointed |


Brothers and Sisters-
We have already received quite a few responses from people expressing interest in this opportunity but we need to get even more. Remember that this upcoming Monday is your last day to volunteer, and I encourage you to do so without delay. This is an important aspect of our community relations and we need everyone who is available.
Thank you,

We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to with name and phone number.

Mary Fetsch did a post on Portland Transport

Mary Fetsch (left) having a good time on duty
Portland Transport: TriMet responds to article on FY14 budget, pay raise controversy

Our Opinion: Keep light shining on public's business


Thursday, March 21, 2013 Tri-Met posts dead e-mail address for fed funding comments

Another JACK BOGDANSKI investigation.

Tri-Met's agenda -- mostly about more rail to nowhere

Here's an interesting document from Portland's insolvent transit agency. It lays out some spending plans for its federal handouts over the next fiscal year, about $185 million in all. The list appears to be required by some federal law, because the Tri-Metters seem to want it to go away quickly and quietly:
TriMet is offering an opportunity to submit comments or request a Public Hearing on the proposed Program of Projects described in this notice. If anyone requests a Public Hearing it will be at TriMet on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. If no one requests a Public Hearing, it will not be held. Please submit your comments or request a Public Hearing by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 via email to

 Read the rest of Jack Bogdanski's expose here!

Who does Lenny Anderson work for?

Lenny doing the bike thing.
Lenny Anderson and I have been dooking it out on Portland Transport for years. In case you don't know who Lenny is, he is a transit 'advocate' and connected to  the 'in crowd' in Portland's transit world. (a place that I am not welcomed of course)

Anyway Lenny purports to be on the side of the workers however every single chance he gets he posts how the union has to let go of the health benefit.
And he doesn't do this once or twice, its constant with him.
The only place that I see that sort of behavior is the Trimet ministry of Propaganda which inserts the health union benefits nonsense on every single place it will fit.

Something was brought to my attention on Lenny, this is him at a Trimet event:
 photo lenny.jpg

This is Lenny wearing an 'official' trimet outfit confirming there is some sort of connection between him and Trimet. This picture was taken in 1998 BTW so his connection with Trimet goes back pretty far.

Joe Rose on the court's indecision

Judge can't decide if TriMet labor talks open to public, putting negotiations in flux |

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Last friday, Neil McFarlane held a Q&A session with 14 randomly picked riders to discuss whatever. No method to how these people were picked or if they are even riders. You'll just have to take his word for that.

Neil McFarlane is TriMet’s General Manager.(unfortunately)

Judge cannot decide whether TriMet labor negotiations open


Should Metro Take Over TriMet?

Willamette Week


We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to with name and phone number.

Into Federal court we go!

Former TriMet driver and prolific blogger Al Margulies has filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging unfair labor practices.
On Wednesday, TriMet's lawyer filed a motion to move the case from Multnomah County Circuit Court to Oregon District Court, saying the suit is a federal question.

TriMet Moves Operator's Action Suit to Federal Court

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
At least the bus driver was nice enough to wait for me to finish vomiting before he left. Thanks, !


 Didn't this asshat have this meeting at 7am or something as ridiculous as that?
Rider Q & A at our first “Coffee with Neil” | How We Roll

Just found something very strange here, according to the  PORTLAND TRIBUNE 
Trimet has 141 non union employees.

But the bullshitter in charge said the following at his little 'coffee with Neil' event

Pay raises for non-union staff: It was clear that what riders heard in the news was not the full story. These raises went to our 440 non-union employees, most not in management roles. The vast majority of these employees had their salaries frozen for 3 ½ years, and they have been paying more for their health care coverage.(people earning six figures do not need a raise) I made this decision to be fair to these hard-working public servants (you mean your cronies don't you) who play a critical role keeping our agency and our transit system running.(if none of them showed up the public would never notice) While we informed our Board of Directors and community groups(COMMUNITY GROUPS? SHEESHUS!)of this decision at the time, we certainly can and will be more transparent about changes such as these in the future.(and you are a fucking liar Neil Mcfarlane)

We will never see on of these from TRIMET

The $1 million bus stop

The new bus isn't carrying anyone, the old bus is

Training bus shadowing bus 62, For the record, it's march 20th & this bus has no onboard cameras, which TriMet promised in the name of safety by Dec 31, 2012

10 years for MAX crime

Southeast Portland robber gets 10 years; had fired gun as MAX passengers ducked |


Occasionally showed some heart but mostly was a pro development troll. Never voted against a General Manager. Daughter in law of Homer Williams a big time developer around here.

Trimet continues screwing its employees

But as long as the honchos have their raises they don't care


And you will never believe who stands to make a whole bunch of $$$$$$ on this!

Trimet, the big daddy of crony contracts!

The Horrible 21 Line!

Portland Transit Lane



Readership remains at about 1000 views per day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Luci came to visit today

Luci Abernathy
Luci was starred in my MY VERY FIRST MOVIE AT TRIMET . Back when we had a super secret society. I remember Cornelius Booker started an internal investigation to find out who was making these movies. Not one driver gave me up! I turned myself in to stop the investigation. But I never stopped making movies or investigating Trimet issues.


Blast from the past.This is the first time I met Max! Much like my relationship with Adron Hall we argue a lot but are actually pretty good pals.
And we use Max's paddle viewer to this very day!

Classic tweets

Trimet lift rider does not recognize his own home

They fixed Forest Grove breakroom

New heater/new toilet

Is government in Oregon transparent?

Those of us who have dealt with Trimet know that Trimet uses the word 'transparency' constantly but unfortunately its has no real meaning.

Oregon gets a "c" on the following list

Legislative Data Report Card - Open States

Could you imagine king mcfarlane ever apologizing for anything?

Apology to customers by TTC CEO Andy Byford - YouTube

Is Bruce Hansen 'stretching? Short answer is no

People are saying that Bruce Hansen is 'stretching' making his claim that the fare increases are attributable to the new fare system. 
They see 'nothing' in the body of the document.
Well they just see what they want to see apparently.
I posted in the comments section of that post  to my pal MAX on this topic but there are two key passages:

And off page 57 I give you this:

General Fund capital costs in 2011dollars range from $13 million for a tap on only system to $20 million for tap on/tap off system. These costs do not include upgrading TVMs for e-fare sales.

TriMet cannot afford the system without offsetting cost savings.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
the 54 was mis-labeled as the 56 downtown this morning. Now I'm late to work AGAIN. Get your shit together.

TriMet's half-ass attempt at improving bus service...

City of Portland (not TriMet) crews have installed a new concrete bus pad and sidewalk bulb on S.W. Hall Street at 5th Avenue on the PSU campus for what appears to be a replacement for the stop-gap 4th and Hall bus stop - the one TriMet has singled out for bus safety issues, and the improper parking spaces in front of the bus shelter that requires buses to stop well short of the designated stop.

The problem, of course, is that it does not resolve the safety issues affecting the 4th and Hall stop.  It will still require the line 12 and 44 buses to make the lane change in a congested area with multiple traffic impacts and heavy pedestrian traffic (including one unsignalled but very heavy crosswalk).  The 17 and 43 will be required to make a right turn and then make not one, not two, but THREE lane changes in the two blocks between Lincoln and Hall to make the left turn.

And of course as soon as the buses reach 6th Avenue, they will still have to make the extremely difficult right hand turn onto 6th, with all of the pedestrian conflicts.  However now they'll be one block short of Harrison, which is the one time on the 6th Avenue mall where vehicles can make a right hand turn (in the #3 lane, just left of the MAX lane, and thus have a dedicated signal).  So buses will possibly be required to wait for an extra red light - OR, make a lane change into the #2 lane to get around stopped cars in the #3 lane just to move back to the #3 lane to make their stops.

Now we all know this is all because of a flaw with the Transit Mall - specifically removing the old bus stop at 6th and Montgomery (so that TriMet could use the existing bus stop shelters for a MAX station) without a suitable replacement.  TriMet had no problem coming up with the money to then add another MAX station between College and Jackson - two blocks away - but when it comes to funding safe and appropriate bus takes a back seat to all other needs.

And let's see how long it takes, until that apartment complex starts complaining about the TriMet riders right at window level.

Tweets of interest

Going vertical: TriMet riders will see new system maps on MAX

Joe Rose

Portland-Milwaukie light rail ballot challenge successful, changed to remove 'misleading' language

Click Here!

TriMet has 2,052 employees who belong to the union and 141 who do not.

That's an interesting fact from THIS article.
And 1/2 of those positions are 100k+ executives as evidenced by THIS post

Over 1000 bus drivers, six of which made over a 110k-how many police made over 100k?

Nearly a third of the Portland Police Bureau's 985-member force made more than $100,000 in fiscal 2011-12.

More than 300 Portland Police Bureau members earned more than $100,000 in 2011-12 |

Reddit commentators support pay for Trimet union employees

Top paid Trimet bus driver's hourly wage was $24.75 : Portland

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blogger Bogdanski sues Portland

One of my all time favorite Bloggers Jack Bogdanski
Jack Bogdanski Sues City of Portland Over Arts Tax

One of the better Trimet drivers got this today

Look at this pork

They have 3 people doing this job, how absurd:
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
As I've said before , you really need to reevaluate line 4. It leaves people b/c it's 10 mins late and too full, that's not cool.

Trimet executives getting rich going to meetings and pretending they are important

The Money Pit Gets Bigger

Never a dull moment with Lane around

Lane Jensen submits public records request

I am interested in: Obtaining records

Requested records:
All non-union people on payroll who received a salary of $100,000 or greater for Calendar Year 2012

Look at Trimet's response 


Then why the hell are they not employing REAL LIVE people instead! They could use real people with real benefits for less than it costs for those unreliable machines! Another Trimet cluster fuck.



The window is card-boarded up secured by duct tape

Blinds and heater broken no back for toilet

Bathroom for employees, you think Mcfarlane would put up with this?

MAX DOOR IS SMASHED (no service alert was issued)

The Real Reason Behind the TriMet Fare Increases-ATU 757

An internal TriMet document indicates that the elimination of zones pricing and fareless square, as well as last year’s fare increases, were undertaken in order to fund and accommodate a $16 million high-tech fare collection system, says transit workers’ union president, Bruce Hansen. He cites evidence found within the pages of a 64-page document obtained by the Union from an anonymous source.

“TriMet has been telling the media and the public that financial problems and worker health insurance were the reasons riders have seen fares rise and services drop,” Hansen noted. “Now we find that, in 2011, management decided to invest in a new, multi-million dollar electronic fare system. That proposed system required them to raise fares overall, drop reduced fares tied to distance traveled (the “zone” system) and eliminate fareless square. They laid out the plan in 2011 and they followed it . . .in fact, they implemented it early.”  

According to the Union, the document and the proposed purchase raise a number of serious public policy issues. These are:

• If the system is in such financial straits, why does management continue to invest in “bells and whistles” electronic gadgetry that it admits will cost them more to run? Is $16 million a sound public investment during a time when the agency is claiming financial crisis? Especially when history has shown that electronic ticket machines have high failure rates–even when they are brand new?

• TriMet has been experiencing a flat ridership rate for years. Should the cost of a ride keep going up just so TriMet can buy more things and build more rail? Research has shown that, as the fares go up, ridership rates typically drop–particularly during times of economic distress.

During the interest arbitration hearing with the Union, TriMet’s general manager testified under oath that, among other things, the cost of operator health care and pensions had required a fare increase and service reductions. Now it turns out that these changes were planned in 2011 and were all about acquiring enough money to purchase and accommodate new electronic gadgets. Is it acceptable for a public agency to mislead the public, the workers and the courts in this way?

“TriMet’s recent fare changes, coupled with reduction of service, have created a crisis situation for many of our passengers–especially the low income, disabled and elderly,” says Hansen. “Operators are reporting that the two-hour window for transfers no longer works. More and more of our riders are missing their connections. A three-hour window needs to be instituted immediately. People need to understand that, when our riders are stressed, it creates equal stress on the workers who interact with them. That’s because the operators want to help people solve these serious problems but their hands are tied. And, as is human nature, rider frustration targets the operators for decisions over which the operators have no control.”

Hansen made the following observation. “It seems that the primary goal of a transit agency has been lost amid all this capital expansion and technology purchases. We are supposed to be providing good, dependable and affordable service to the community–so good, that they want to use the system. Instead, the cost of having to pay for all these expenditures is making our riders’ lives harder and driving them away. Who decided that our transit system had to be the most new-fangled one in the country? Shouldn’t our primary focus be the passengers and the good of the community?”

(make sure you read the comments)

Attached: Excerpt of Fare System Migration report; Excerpt of testimony under oath
Full report available from the link below. You will need to cut and paste into your browser: 

Seen on a Trimet bus

Attaining Unconscious Competence in bus driving

Do you have operators who deny risky driving behaviors even after something has been clearly observed by a Supervisor? Quite often the operator can quote the proper procedure and actually believes they adhered to such guidance - when in reality they haven't. This is known as "Unconscious Incompetence". The individual doesn't even recognize they are doing anything wrong

Vigil Solutions


PORTLAND TRANSPORTS latest post, to which I responded:

TriMet is putting about $300K into this program,
Now ya knew I was gonna bring this up right?

That's only 1/3 of the executive pay raises!
That's insulting as far as I am concerned.

The oligarchy reigns supreme....

Bus driving a hazardous occupation

And that piece of shit in charge of Trimet thinks we should roll over and give up our decent health care benefit! FUCK YOU!
Police: Man punches CTA bus driver in Chatham -




Sunday, March 17, 2013

What would you do if you were a bus driver

Passenger Problems of a Los Angeles RTD Bus Driver (1970-80s) - YouTube

Lower transit fares

Not at the oligarchy but it does HAPPEN


You still have time to join the lawsuit over wage violations regarding road relief pay. 
Get the info HERE!

Seen on MAX

The biggest piece of PORK PIE is of course-MILWAUKIE LIGHT RAIL

Lots of folks will walk away rich on this! Don't just look at the highlighted sections, look at ALL OF THIS BOONDOGGLE
Oligarchs in complete control of Trimet these days


Recession? Budget problems? 
That only is true for the 'little people' of Trimet. 
The union workers and the riders are the only ones who 'give back' anything when it comes to Trimet.
Take a good look at the  post at Portland Transit Lane which will give you a very clear picture of just how much pork Trimet really does support with our tax dollars.
Don't just look at the highlighted areas either, take a good look at the whole thing.
Just add up all the 'travel' budgets.
 Just 1/2 of that pork moved back to operations would restore all the service cuts

 This is the kind of thing that gets republicans elected. Of course once they are elected some of this pork may goe away but  public gets hurt the most. But most citizens don't connect the dots, all they see is waste, fraud, and arrogance and what party plays to that? The Republicans.  Waste in government is not some made up fantasy, you see it right here at the poster child of government waste->TRIMET


"Deputy" general Manager $195,000!
Mcfarlane crony Bob Nelson will be wearing this badge